NSLU: Chart-Lock

 

 

SLIDE REVIEW AND OBSERVATIONS

 

Over the past few days, in comments on other threads, I have alluded to, specifically claimed and addressed myself to this “S-l-i-d-e” of the Kansas City Chiefs. We are all witness to it, and completely baffled, or, angry, or sad.

 

I have posited the responsibility of the rapid descent as belonging as the basic responsibility of the Head Coach. Others have claimed play-calling with which I agree. The defense shored itself up and added a former Pro-Bowl Corner-back. But the offense has nearly completely stalled. Some have said this or that player, and others have believed that it was team chemistry. Even with all the available talent on the offensive side of the ball, tools of high caliber, they lament that we don’t have enough. Too, there are claimants to the “Play-Patrick-Mahomes-Now” group.

 

Is it enough? Are any and all of these an explanation of why the team overall, has faltered? For me, the less than casual observer, it all falls at the feet of the Head Coach… and the “Three C’s.”

 

1. Consistency — the team has lacked it, even earlier than the first loss.

2. Cohesiveness — What I believed was the emergence of cohesiveness, lasted about 3 weeks.

3. Continuity — Expression of all factors in exploiting talent and executing successful plays in successive snaps

 

It doesn’t take a genius to see that these facets of a winning team, have been absent. My calling attention to them is necessary though, to dig into what I think is the over-all problem.

 

⦁ Lack of Creativeness
⦁ False Belief in X’s and O’s
⦁ Self-Effacing Deliberateness
⦁ Over Thinking
⦁ Inability to adjust or do the Unexpected
⦁ Inability to exploit Top Level Talent in Player match-ups — the real Culprit

 

To understand the above constructs, I am going to delve into each one but only on the offensive side of the ball. To get to each as an explanation of the offensive stall, the observer has to believe in a false premise. For example, Motion only addresses itself to man-up coverage, for example, or, the offensive line is inept, under powered and mis-used.

Another construct is that Alex Smith is at fault and cannot throw a deep ball. Or, he has happy feet, or, he is off his head. The potential here for blame is as numerous as the varied commenters. The offensive line, being a poorly fielded unit, is unable to effectively block for the Quarterback. Anybody but Al Smith. I have heard it all. In a Presser, Reid observed that Al Smith was part of the problem, the same as all other players on the team. Essentially, Reid became honest to that extent.

 

He failed to observe his own “contribution” to the failing offensive effort. He failed to address himself now and in the past, with this or that loss, that his construct is part of the problem, his complicated x’s and o’s, as excellent as many of the designed plays may be, falls apart when the other team is able to see the patterns of Reid’s play-calling, the setup of designed plays and how it can be diagnosed by defenses based on play setup and potential.

 

DESIGN: FORM FOLLOWS FUNCTION

The basic difficulty I have with Andy Reid relates to his adherence to his own infallibility. For example. I understand from multiple sources, that he scripts 15 plays that he runs through before making an adjustment or changing the script. I have no firsthand knowledge that he does this, but from the results of his game plan and the excution in the game, it appears that these “sources” quoted in other articles is correct. If you go 3 and out 5 times, You have just exhausted his 15 play sequence, clearly, self-effacing deliberateness. I think that is due to:

 

A FALSE Assumption that if you cross the t’s and dot the i’s, all will be exactly as designed — adherence to the idea that X’s and O’s gets the job done which is in complete disregard of what the opposition is doing to counter Reid’s moves. Thus, adjustments to the game plan and script, and pre-game conception of what the defense is going to do becomes a problem in itself.

 

It’s true that Reid is an very creative designer of an offense — but what we are seeing is the inability to be creative in the flow of the game. This for me is as key as anything else — the inability to create in the flow means that the flow of the game is going to stall and you will not exploit the talent of the tools you have employed and you are certainly not going to exploit the talent and skill to it’s best implementation.

 

Let’s be quaker, shall we? If the Form of play doesn’t result in achievement in function, then it is totally FUBAR. The Function of a play is to move the chains and has an end result of scoring points. Reid’s pretty designs don’t work. Go with FUNCTION First. That has been one of  pre-game direction for Reid and the Chiefs that past 2 games. Apparently, I don’t have his ear.

 

SPEAKING OF FLOW

 

What do I see? An offense that becomes disjointed, predictable and defenses can deploy to stop the offense and get a turn over on downs. The offense just doesn’t make sense in any form, play by play. You establish one thing that works, and you don’t “spin” off of that with a counter. The same way it is anticipated that with cover 2 or a zone means that you are not going to put a player in motion. One reason that you do this is to establish a strong v weak side offense. You put the player in motion one way or the other, such as Hill from a slot position to travel the distance and be ready for a jet sweep or not, forcing the secondary to shift responsibility. This could be to overload one side leaving the weak side with coverage and a mismatch. Or, the mismatch might occur to the strongside as that is the intent of the play — load the strongside for blocking on the weak side, freeing the tight end for a quick slant or even a 10 and post. Like that.

 

WHAT’S THE BOTTOM LINE?

 

The Three C’s are lost. Out of the gate, the team never gets a flow of plays going and they have no consistency in execution, no integration and no counter to the previous play. They are “DISJOINTED” and purposeless except as a “Stand-Alone” Play.

 

I watched the Georgia @ Auburn game preceding these observations. My observations about the Chiefs has had continuity and consistency with my thinking and expressing my viewpoint over more than 2 seasons. When I watched this collegiate game, Georgia had “Flow” They expressed three separate receivers in three separate areas of the end zone. The surprise was the throw to the TE TD at the post and this was after HC Smart replied to a reporter, asking why he didn’t utilize the TE more Smart replied that the reporter shouldn’t try to be an offensive Coordinator. But the next game, he did employ the TE and had 6 points for doing so. A thinking coach, not an x’s and o’s coach for me. Smart was reacting to a blowout type loss to Auburn in regular season. He outlined for the defense that 5-10 plays that resulted in scores that if they prevented in the championship SEC game, they would win. They did.

 

The team that did not adjust was Auburn.

 

ANDY REID HAS CHART LOCK

This is really one huge reason that I wish, or, actually, demand that Andy Reid give the play-calling over to Nagy. He is so tied up in his “CHART” that his mind as the HC is gone into a placard and not attending to the field of play. It is my view that Reid has had this problem for more than a decade but that is just my personal view of things.

 

The apparent disease of Chart Lock prevents Reid from being a “Head Coach” on the field of play.

 

No matter which way you look at all the different facets of “blame”, about the only one that Reid has said was the problem was in response to all the questions — and he got this one right. We all are part of the problem is essentially what he observed.

 

He got this one right. For 6 weeks now, he seldom could check the “right” Column in his game plan, script and play-calling and on the field leadership.

 

David Bell – Avery ID

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  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    I’m sorry if this has already been mentioned…..I’m building a home so I’m a little out of the loop, but I read this morning that “per ESPN” Andy is benching himself for the Jets game……Nagy will be calling 100% of the offensive plays.

    • Chiefly Bacon

      I’m excited.

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        Me too!

  • Chiefly Bacon

    Holy crap it’s actually happening!

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    • berttheclock

      Mike McCarthy of the Packers tried that, but, it did not last long. Hard to give up.

    • tm1946

      Seeing is believing.

  • berttheclock

    I read about the Saints placing a TE on IR as concussed unable to perform.

    Now, 345 Park Avenue would have change the rules, but, why not place Andy Reid on IR as confused unable to perform.

  • berttheclock

    Latest reports say that both Hali and Albert Wilson are still game time decisions as to being able to perform.

  • berttheclock

    I see Veach did not call up Spiller. So, the Chiefs will only have 2 RBs, the Hunt “Brothers” for the game. So, unless a miracle happens and the O-line begins to find ways to run block, there will be two RBs who will be able to run into brick walls.

    • Chiefly Bacon

      Ah, but Bert, remember, Chiefs called up Orson Charles from the practice squad. Yes he’s listed as a TE, but he played a ton of FB for them in pre-season. Wouldn’t be surprised if he gets used as an H-back in some option looks, with Naggy calling the plays.

      • berttheclock

        Last week, he tried Tom Osborne’s old I-formation with Sherman leading. Sherman went to his right, but, Hunt tried to run to his left.

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          I do wonder if we’re maybe not considering enough the fact that Hunt is a rookie. I still think he’s really good RB, who needs better help from the OL, but that doesn’t mean he can’t get better too.

          • berttheclock

            He is one of the best young RBs I have seen in years. He just needs much better blocking, plus, play calling such as motion used more.

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        Charles, also, played FB his first year in the NFL.

  • berttheclock

    Steve Young has been quoted as saying Andy Reid is going to have to force Alex Smith to take more chances. So, what is Reid going to do, try to have Joe Pesci types stop by?

    • Chiefly Bacon

      Saw somebody mention that, in the past, Reid has called a few plays with no check-down option. Send everybody past the sticks. I don’t necessarily agree with Young’s assessment. The coach QB relationship is collaborative. If you can’t trust you QB to run your plays, you either replace him, or change the plays. Reid’s willingness to give the play-sheet to Naggy is a testament to his faith in Smith to turn this thing around. We’ll find out whether that faith is well-placed today.

    • freshmeat62

      Would that be Joe Pesci as in ‘My Cousin Vinnie’, or Joe Pesci in ‘Goodfellows’? Very different characters!

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        Take your pick. “Goodfellows” or “Casino”.

    • tm1946

      Does that seem out of character for Reid? He is a player’s coach and has given us a multitude of “I’s my fault – got to do better” speeches for a life time…now he is going to be the task master (wasn’t he the HC/OC/play caller who left no ability to change plays also?).

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        Actually, that was Brad Childress. But, years ago, when, Al Saunders was the OC, he refused to allow Trent Green to change any of his calls.

        • tm1946

          If so, Alex has lost every bit of ability he ever had and has dementia also. He is ignoring obvious receivers and calling running plays inside the tackles facing 8 man fronts…. that is a sure sign of dementia or a play caller not allowing any check off.

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            Funny thing was that in a game at Arrowhead in 2005, Andy Reid benefited from that Saunders refusal. Saunders had called for two successful quick outs to Kennison on the left side. However, when, he called the same play the 3rd time, the Eagles’ corner started creeping up. Green could not call off the play and tried to throw quickly. Now, at the time the Chiefs were on cruise control. However, that Pick 6 by the Eagles switched all of the momentum and Reid ended up winning the game.

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    Let’s go Nagy!!! Call them plays!!

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      At the game!! I broke losing streaks 3 times in person

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        We’re all counting on you!

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        We are going to put our money together and send you to every game.

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          I have been trying to place the blame on Pat for washing my Chiefs’ hoodie.

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            That actually made me chuckle out loud

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        I’m telling you guys the ARE winn I ng this game today I can feel it in the air. Mild breeze perfect day for football…and lots of RED in the parking lots!!

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    Most timely article ever? (See newsflash below)

    Good points, David

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    • tm1946

      Absolutely do not see it… a lose, lose situation to put Mahomes in unless Alex get injured…. Even then not sure Bray would not be the relief QB to run in this year….

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      It’s a beautiful day for football. .tiny breeze at times. The sun is trying to break out but it’s very cloudy

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    This must be the tie breaker as in Reid is one (Pederson) and one (McDermott) in playing against his former assistants. So, with this game against Todd Bowles, which way will it go?

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      Lots of anxiety here in 12th Man territory as Pederson is bringing his Eagles into Seattle to play the Seahawks this evening. I doubt if the Chiefs could repeat their victory over the Eagles at this point.

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        Not even close….the teacher would get schooled by the pupil.

  • Heilios

    Andy gave up play calling? I can’t believe it!

    • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

      That is the word on the street, I will believe it when I see it.

  • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

    If Nagy does indeed call all offensive plays today and we look even remotely like the team that rolled-ish over teams to begin the season, will the Smith bashing end?

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      The QB always gets to much credit and blame. Just what fans do.

      IMO, if this works and we can actually “see/tell” the Nagy is calling plays and not Reid hiding behind his chart still running the offense…. what does that say about Reid as the HC/OC? He may actually develop it the HC we wanted… something about changing spots.

      • Chiefs-Kings-A’s

        When I was younger, I coached my sons football team as an assistant, a few days in to practice the head coach basically told me it was his way or the highway… he appreciated my input, but he was the honcho……. I drew up offensive plays for him and he shoved them in his back pocket.
        Late in the season and a terrible record later he swallowed his pride one game and called one of my plays and it went for a touchdown on the very first try. He turned and looked at me and gave me a huge smile and admitted he was wrong, it was very satisfying as we could never find the endzone….ever!
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        Harken back to the times Reid has been informed after the game about his lack of calling running plays for Charles. His replies went along the lines of “Huh?”

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      I doubt it. It will just be “Mahomes is the future. He could do better than Smith. Just check out his Madden rating!” Lol

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